Rooftop 120 – Al Fresco Dining & Classic Drinks
Let’s face it – this winter has not been THAT bad. Yes- there has been some pretty freakish weather, especially over the past couple of weeks, but if you really think about it, us Nutmeggers got been pretty (*knock on wood*) lucky. That being said, I still all crave the warmer weather and look for places where I can spend a couple of hours sitting back and getting a good dose of vitamin D. So I was so happy last weekend to be invited to an event at Rooftop 120 showcasing their classic drinks, noshes and small plates.
If you have been following along I had run a 10k in Canterbury earlier that morning so I was stoked that I would be able to relax, chat with some lovely ladies, and try some of the delicious food at Rooftop 120 – a Four Season Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
Upon entering Rooftop 120 (and taking the required selfie) I was greeted by Katherine Ortiz of A Little Bird Told Me, and soon after handed a delightfully refreshing glass of Strawberry Sangria to start the afternoon off. I managed to get a quick picture of these luscious drinks before they were handed out to the other ladies whom had taken up residence on the spacious and comfortable seating that makes up the outdoor patio of Rooftop 120.
Sitting down on one of the low lying, but very comfortable seats, I cursed myself for wearing long sleeves, but luckily there was a slight breeze.
After chatting and catching up we spoke to the owner of Rooftop120 whom told us that the business has been open for 4 years and their menu changes with the seasons.
Soon after we were brought some delicious noshes and small plates to share.
First up – a French Baguette Toast topped with avocado butter, Cajun gulf shrimp, Andouille sausage, and pepper relish.
It’s a wonderful nosh and shareable plate, not heavy tasting in the least. The velvety avocado butter cut through the slightly spicy Andouille sausage. It was a delicious 2 bite nosh.
Next a Smoked Salmon Rillete with pickled onions, topped with a blood orange vinaigrette and served with pita points. I admit I have (to my knowledge) ever had Salmon Rillete but after one taste – I am glad this was my first experience.
The meatiness of the smoked salmon combined with the sour cream and the bright blood orange vinaigrette was good on its own. I mean if I was alone I probably would have just eaten it out of the jar, but I am a lady so the pita points provided a nice eating vessel.
The was followed by a Beef Tar Tar with pickled chillis, mustard vinaigrette, butter pickles and fine herbs atop a crispy wonton. Again – another great shareable plate. This one can be a bit messy if you do not take your first bite correctly BUT you will be rewarded with a flavor explosion in your mouth.
And just when we thought we were done (although I was still hungry) – the main dish of the tasting – Cuttlefish Bolognese, DiFiore Squid Ink pasta, San Marzano sauce, garlic confit, and roasted tomatoes. Ummm – you mean I have to share this. All the dishes were great but this, this dish was a real treat and my favorite of the afternoon. I think it was the slow roasted tomatoes and the garlic confit – it was just amazing. (Side Note – there was a bit left over, I know I had some restraint, and Mark even raved about it – so 2 thumbs up from both of us!)
Throughout the event we were treated to some of the other cocktails on Rooftop 120’s menu. Each handcrafted drink used fresh fruit (where applicable) and quality spirits.
In order from right to left we tried
- Havana breeze made with middle lime and mint with Cruzan coconut run, lemonade and pineapple juice.
- 120 Watermelon made with muddled watermelon, soda, New Amsterdam Vodka, watermelon puree and lemonade
- Mojito made with lime and mint with simple syrup, Cruzan white rum, sour mix, soda and pineapple juice.
All were refreshing and delightfully balanced cocktails where the sweetness from the fruit complimented the tartness of the lemonade/lime juice. All were delicious but my favorite was the Havana Breeze – so smooth, I cooled right down while sipping this cocktail, imaging myself in a Cuban Cabana overlooking the ocean.
That is how relaxing the patio at Rooftop 120 is – the mixture of food, cocktails, chill music playing softly in the background and comfortable seating has a relaxing effect. It was the perfect way for me to relax after my race.
And isn’t that what a patio is supposed to be – a place to relax, spend time with friends and enjoy the outdoors once it gets warm? If you agree – then I suggest heading over to Rooftop 120 and check out their four season patio – it’s a great way to dine al fresco.
I really have to thank Tyler, bar and events manager (aka Tyler at the BAR) for being such a wonderful host to all of us. He was setting up for the evening and still had time to walk us through some of Rooftop 120’s dishes.
120 Hebron Avenue, 3rd Floor/Rooftop, Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033
Tuesday and Wednesday – 5:00-11:00pm
Thursday – 5:00-12:00am
Friday and Saturday – 5:00pm – 1:30am
Disclaimer: I was asked to attend this event free of charge in exchange for writing a review on the blog. Although this post is sponsored, the opinions are completely my own, based on my experience.